We are currently monitoring the public health situation each day and adjusting our course of action to suit the situation at the time. The health and well-being of our students, guests and staff is extremely important to us. This includes physical health, but also includes the emotional health assisted through participation in the arts. For this reason, we are making day-by-day decisions about programming, so we can best serve our community.

UPDATE: (Friday, March 27) In compliance with the City of Wichita Falls shelter-in-place order, the Kemp and The Forum buildings and grounds will be closed starting Friday, March 27 at midnight until further notice.

We strongly encourage you to monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on remote programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

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(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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March 31st

Check out what is going on outside The Forum Wichita Falls in the courtyard!If you happen to be out enjoying a stroll through the neighborhood this week, feel free to stop by and play a tune on our courtyard piano! 🎹 We wanted to lighten things up and bring some fun to our building, while we are closed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

*The piano has been disinfected, but we encourage you to bring your own cleaning wipes to use before playing! 😄
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March 31st

Is there anything better than opening a brand-new box of crayons? 🌈 We are celebrating #NationalCrayonDay today and we want to see any creations you're making while at home today! #artscouncilwf ... See MoreSee Less

March 27th

We want to send out a big THANK YOU to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Department and Trustees that came out today to keep our grounds looking good at The Forum Wichita Falls. 👏🏻 The Trustees are the inspiration for our #ArtInTransition program, which unfortunately, is paused now due to COVID-19. We hope to be back at it soon, and normally this program is quite extensive and features 4 art lessons per month to over 30 inmates. Both men and women.

Here is a peek at some of their artwork currently hanging at the Kemp Center for the Arts!
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March 26th

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March 26th

We know best practice is to stay home right now, but if you’re anything like us, you need a little sunshine and art to help get through these days. 🌞 The Kemp building is closed to the public, but our gates are open and you can sit, wander, and get inspired by the sculptures and nature. All while keeping 6 feet of #socialdistance between you and anyone else visiting. The gates are open 9am-5pm (for now) and we would love to see any photos you take while you’re here. #artscouncilwf ... See MoreSee Less

March 31st

If you happen to be out enjoying a stroll through the neighborhood this week, feel free to stop by and play a tune on our courtyard piano! 🎹 We wanted to lighten things up and bring some fun to our building, while we are closed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

*The piano has been disinfected, but we encourage you to bring your own cleaning wipes to use before playing! 😄
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March 31st

Is there anything better than opening a brand-new box of crayons? 🌈 We are celebrating #NationalCrayonDay today and we want to see any creations you're making while at home today! #artscouncilwf ... See MoreSee Less

March 27th

We want to send out a big THANK YOU to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Department and Trustees that came out today to keep our grounds looking good at The Forum. 👏🏻 The Trustees are the inspiration for our #ArtInTransition program, which unfortunately, is paused now due to COVID-19. We hope to be back at it soon, and normally this program is quite extensive and features 4 art lessons per month to over 30 inmates. Both men and women.

Here is a peek at some of their artwork currently hanging at the Kemp Center for the Arts!
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March 26th

Tickets are still available for our Gun Drawing! ... See MoreSee Less

March 19th

We know this is an extraordinary time and we send our 💙 to all organizations and businesses affected, near and far.

The Arts Council has made the decision to close to the public, beginning at Midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020. The Kemp Center for the Arts and The Forum Wichita Falls and the staff will be available by appointment only, for any needs or questions you may have. After the two-week time period, we will then re-evaluate the situation and provide updates. Our website and social media pages will reflect any current updates and/or changes: artscouncilwf.org

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us:
📲 Kristen Conrady (Facilities Manager) -facilities@artscouncilwf.org, (940) 766-3347
📲 Kristine Thueson (Program Coordinator) - programming@artscouncilwf.org, (940) 766-3347

The Arts Council wholeheartedly supports the efforts to end this pandemic and we are making the best decisions for our organization and community. We hope you are staying in, staying healthy and look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
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March 13th

With the health and well-being of our community in mind, the Arts Council is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following all recommendations and guidelines of health officials and the CDC, so we can ensure all staff and visitors to the Kemp Center for the Arts and The Forum Wichita Falls have a safe, comfortable experience. Our buildings and the office are open as normal, during regular operating hours, and will continue to assess the status on a daily basis.

In addition, we have implemented extra health and safety precautions to maintain the cleanliness of all of our shared spaces. We do, as always, have a disinfectant cleaning routine at the Kemp Center for the Arts and The Forum, as they are public buildings and we take public health concerns seriously at all times. (This process includes sterilized wipe-downs of all door handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures, and more.) We encourage everyone who visits us to also use best practices and the CDC recommendations on washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from others, etc.

We will continue to make the best informed decisions, follow a strict cleaning and disinfecting routine, and keep our staff, visitors, artists and organizations updated with timely notices.

If you have additional concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at info@artscouncilwf.org.
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March 12th

March 12th

Our Home & Garden Committee Chairs, Tracy Smith and Jan McGough, recently presented the $1,000 Grand Prize from Walmart to Shelly and Greg Sullivan. Congrats to them! 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

March 30th

Congratulations to our Children's Poetry Contest Award Winners! 🎉 While we weren't able to feature these young poets during the original date of Cowboy True this past weekend, we will be hosting a reading and award ceremony during our postponed event, July 31st & August 1st. It is our honor to feature our winners here and give them the credit they deserve for their talent! Please enjoy this sneak peek and stay tuned for more highlights on what is to come.

Poems were judged by professional poets and winners will receive a Texoma Community Credit Union savings account. Cash donations will also be awarded to each school attended by placing winners.

This contest is sponsored by Texoma Community Credit Union and the Wichita Falls Area CattleWomen.
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March 27th

We are coming to you from The Forum Wichita Falls a little earlier than expected and we’re announcing the two winners for our Gun Drawings today. We’ve got Chris, representing Whispers of Hope Horse Farm and Mike from Townsquare Media | Wichita Falls with each set of tickets and the cutest little “picker” assisting in choosing the winners!

Congrats to Leslie Ryan-Hash for winning the Remington 870 12 Ga Shotgun and to Larry Moser for winning the Henry .30-30 Rifle! We will be in touch soon on how to claim your win!
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March 26th

Cowboy True may be postponed, but we are still holding our Gun Drawing this Saturday and YOU could be a winner! The drawing will be held this Saturday, March 28th at 10:00am and we will be announcing the winners live on this FB page.

We have a few tickets left for the Remington 870 12 Gauge Shotgun or the Henry .30-30 Rifle. Tickets are $20 each and only 100 tickets will be sold for each gun... meaning your chances are good!

You can purchase online at https://bit.ly/2UC0v5L. Please select "Cowboy True" in the menu and note in the Additional Notes Line which gun you would like to be in the drawing for.

Proceeds from this drawing go directly to the Cowboy True event that has been rescheduled for July 31st and August 1st. This event will support Whispers of Hope Horse Farm for their PATH Certification and The Forum Wichita Falls.
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March 20th

A little humor for you on this Friday!Social distancing saves lives!

#WeLoveOurSeniors #BurkburnettProud #BurkburnettStrong
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March 19th

We know this is an extraordinary time and we send our 💙 to all organizations and businesses affected, near and far.

The Arts Council has made the decision to close to the public, beginning at Midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020. The Kemp Center for the Arts and The Forum Wichita Falls and the staff will be available by appointment only, for any needs or questions you may have. After the two-week time period, we will then re-evaluate the situation and provide updates. Our website and social media pages will reflect any current updates and/or changes: artscouncilwf.org

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us:
📲 Kristen Conrady (Facilities Manager) -facilities@artscouncilwf.org, (940) 766-3347
📲 Kristine Thueson (Program Coordinator) - programming@artscouncilwf.org, (940) 766-3347

The Arts Council wholeheartedly supports the efforts to end this pandemic and we are making the best decisions for our organization and community. We hope you are staying in, staying healthy and look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
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